When we were children there was no such thing as a gym, or
personal training sessions - let alone a diet! As a child we didn't
have to set aside half-an-hour every day for exercise, we just
played! So when did we get too busy to play?
Most of us were a lot more active as children than we are now,
so perhaps the way to better health is acting like a kid again?
Here are five tips from our childhood that could teach us to live a
1. It's not exercising, it's just having
As a child did you ever walk out the door calling out to mum
"I'll be back before dark mum, I'm just going to do some exercise."
Of course not! You went outside and you played. It didn't even
enter your mind that you were doing exercise, you were just having
fun. Being active was a natural part of your day.
2. Forget about what you look like
As kids we never worried if we looked silly while we were
getting active. We dressed in daggy clothes, we had old shoes, our
hair was a mess and we didn't care. We didn't worry if we had the
best outfit or if we were wearing the right shoes, we just got out
More importantly, we didn't care if we looked a little
uncoordinated or a little crazy. We fell off monkey bars, we did
messy cartwheels, wonky handstands and sometimes we simply spun
around in circles until we fell over. We weren't worried if other
people thought we looked a little clumsy, or weren't doing it quite
right, we just got in there and had a go.
3. If you want to go somewhere, walk or ride
As a child, we didn't have that big shiny car to transport us
wherever we wanted to go whenever we liked. We got on our bike or
we walked. We walked to the shop, to the park and to our friend's
house. It didn't matter if it was hot or cold or if it was raining,
if we wanted to go somewhere we had to walk or ride there. And we
4. Join a team
When we were young we played more team sports, we had scheduled
training sessions and games where other people were relying on us
to be there. We turned up to every training session and every game
and we played our hearts out because we were part of a team and our
team needed us.
5. Exercise with other people
Kids exercise in groups. If we wanted to play we bugged our
friends and family to play with us and if that failed we played
with dog. Exercising is so much more fun when you do it with